June 12, 2011 5:54:19 pm
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has favoured bringing the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal.
“My view is that the Prime Minister,Judiciary,NGOs and industrial houses should also be brought under the ambit of Lokpal. But there should be a system to ensure that the Lokpal does not misuse its power,” Singh told reporters at his hometown Raghogarh on Saturday evening.
“When I was the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister,I had brought the CM’s post under the purview of Lokayukta (Ombudsman),” he said.
However,in an apparent reference to civil rights activists like Anna Hazare,Singh said “exerting of pressure” on government by a few people was not right in a democratic system.
“Uma is in the habit of nursing a grudge. That’s why she poses the biggest threat to Chouhan. She won’t forget those people who played a role in her ouster as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister,” he said.
On the stone pelting incident at his residence in Bhopal,the Congress leader said he “fears that people with right-wing Hindu fundamentalist ideology might throw a bomb at his place.”
“As far as my security is concerned,I have left it to God,” Singh said.
“Anna Hazare should take part in the meetings of the joint draft committee preparing the Lokpal Bill,instead of speaking against the government,” Singh said.
He said there was no difference between the protests by Hazare and Ramdev,and that “the RSS has taken the help of both of them to divert people’s attention,after its name was linked with Hindu terrorism.”
Singh said the UPA government was serious over the issues of corruption and black money. “Agreements have been signed with 23 foreign countries to bring back black money from abroad.”
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